Pop ins and a Friday bonus

Keep fit instructor Liz Walmsley (front) leads an exercise session for Friday Club members at Holbeach WI Hall.
Keep fit instructor Liz Walmsley (front) leads an exercise session for Friday Club members at Holbeach WI Hall.

Elderly people in Holbeach don’t have to be home alone when there are two clubs in the town just for them, the Pop-In and the Friday Club.

A group of about 20 people met in October 1972 to discuss three projects, including Market Hill, which came out of senior citizens having nowhere to meet except around the church grounds in the centre of Holbeach.

Regulars at Holbeach Pop-In's Saturday Parlour in the Age Uk Centre, Church Street, Holbeach.

Regulars at Holbeach Pop-In's Saturday Parlour in the Age Uk Centre, Church Street, Holbeach.

The old East Elloe Rural District Council was asked for permission to use the empty library, a peppercorn rent was agreed and Holbeach Day Centre as it was then known came into being.

A number of dignitaries and organisations behind the project were invited to the opening ceremony on October 4 1973 and the Pop-In has been going ever since.

The Friday Club has a longer history, having started with a group of men and women who saw a need for a meeting place for older and retired people in Holbeach.

A Darby and Joan Club was formed in a room at the old Holbeach Grammar School in June 1954 and after an initial affiliation with Holland Old People’s Welfare Association, the club then moved to the WI Hall, Park Road, where it has met ever since.

Holbeach Pop-In Club is open six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays, between 9.30am and 11.45am at the Age UK Centre, Church Street.

The Friday Club meets weekly at the WI Hall from 1.30pm until 3.30pm, with a range of activities on offer.

For more information on either of these clubs contact Pat Harland on 01406 424199.